Singapore is not the PAP. Singapore is our home. Singapore belongs to Singaporeans.
However, the PAP has turned Singapore into its own, believing that it can create “policies” to benefit itself.
Sure, the PAP has been in government for the past 55 years. But this does not make Singapore theirs. Without the hard work and sweat of Singaporeans and our parents and our parents’ parents, would Singapore become what it is today? It wouldn’t. Singapore is the collective effort of all that has toiled on our land.
No one single person can claim credit for it. Not the PAP. It is all of Singapore and Singaporeans who have made our home the way it is.
The PAP is not Singapore. It is just the party which is in government today. Today it is the PAP, tomorrow it may not be. Which party makes government depends on the votes of Singaporeans.
A government’s responsibility is to its citizens. It is to Singaporeans. A government is not to lord over its citizens. It can definitely not see itself as a “natural aristocrat”. A government cannot believe that it is better than the people, for all Singaporeans are equal, be it an ordinary citizen, a minister or a prime minister, for all of us are equal citizens.
A government which sees itself as better than the people and which believes that inequality is good for the country, while believing that it is above the people, is one which has lost its bearings and its responsibility to its people. It is one where the political party has been in power for far too long and has allowed power to get into its head.
This is what the PAP has become. For too long, the PAP has controlled power and has prevented the opposition from fairly running for elections. This has allowed the PAP to make believe that they are the best and only people that can run the country, and which have lauded them into a false belief that without the PAP, Singapore will not be what it is today. This has caused the PAP to create their false idea that without them, Singapore will fail.
But Singapore will not fail without the PAP. In fact, more and more Singaporeans are awakening to the fact that it is if Singapore continues with the PAP that Singapore will fail.
It is with the PAP’s policies that has pulled apart inequality in Singapore that will cause more and more Singaporeans to languish into poverty – it is estimated by economists and academics that 30% of Singaporeans are living in poverty today. It is because of the PAP’s policies that Singaporeans have chosen to die instead of go to a hospital because they cannot afford healthcare, it is because of the PAP’s policies that our children have to pay the most expensive university tuition fees in the world, as citizens, when the PAP gives $400 million to foreign students to study in Singapore every year. It is because of the PAP’s policies that wages have been depressed and many of our PMETs are losing their jobs, due to an influx of cheap labour and the lack of minimum wage, employment protect policies and unemployment benefits to protect Singaporeans. It is because of the PAP that Singaporeans cannot get back our CPF, because the PAP puts in a CPF Minimum Sum to lock up our CPF, and then give our money to GIC and Temasek Holdings to let themselves earn huge profits from, and all the time making even more profits from our HDB flats, Medisave and MediShield.
It is because of the PAP that Singapore has become the most expensive country in the world but where Singaporeans are still paid one of the lowest wages among the highest-income countries, this has caused Singaporeans to have the lowest purchasing power among the developed countries.
It is the PAP which has caused Singaporeans to suffer. It is the PAP that will cause Singapore to fail. Because of the PAP and the income inequality that it has created and made the highest among the developed countries, Singapore also has the lowest levels of trust after Portugal, the highest prisoner rate after America, one of the lowest social mobilities and people who have been forced to fight for ourselves and have gradually become self-centred. It is because of the PAP that there are today more and more social problems in Singapore.
This year, Singapore has seen the worst train breakdown in Singapore’s history, slabs of concrete are falling off even newly built flats, there are more and more murders, as news of people being murdered fill the news now on an almost daily basis, while the PAP uses the police to arrest innocent Singaporeans who criticise the PAP because we know our lives are getting worse.
Meanwhile the PAP pays themselves the highest salaries in the world and are immuned to the problems that plaque Singapore.
It is the PAP which has become too comfortable, cruising into power election after election and believing that no one else can stop it, so it stops being transparent and accountable to Singaporeans, it starts hiding information and today it lords over Singaporeans.
But no one is indispensable. Everyone is expendable. So is the PAP. If the PAP is no longer doing its job, then the PAP has to be sacked. If the PAP has become too complacent, then it has to be given a shake up. If the PAP has become too reliant on Singaporeans and has fed off us for too long, then it is time to ask the PAP to leave and learn to stand on its own two feet.
The PAP has made use of Singapore and Singaporeans for too long. The PAP has abused Singaporeans for its own wants for far too long. The PAP has hijacked the government and turned it against Singaporeans for far, far too long.
For too long, Singaporeans have kept quiet believing that one day we will receive our just returns. But that day never came while the PAP makes promise after promise but never fulfilling them. For too long, we have tolerated the PAP but the time is now to change. The time is now for us to stand up against the PAP’s injustice and say, enough is enough.
Enough is enough.
No longer will we put up with the PAP’s bullying. This is no longer a laughing matter when our lives are at stake, and where our children’s lives are at risk, and where Singapore’s future is no longer certain.
Enough is enough.
The PAP has overstayed its welcome and has abused its power for too long. We do not need the PAP anymore. We do not need kings to sit on the throne and take our produce to feed themselves.
We need a government which will have the humility to stand at our feet and by our side and to create policies that will protect Singaporeans, invest in our people and bring Singapore into a brighter tomorrow.
We need a new government. We need the opposition.
Today, we will make a stand to vote for the opposition. Today, we will make a stand to vote for the opposition, to implement minimum wage and unemployment benefits to protect our workers. To increase health spending and education spending to protect our young and old. To grow our CPF and #ReturnOurCPF so that our elderly Singaporeans do not have to work as cleaners and cardboard collectors but can truly have a dignified life.
Today, we need change. For a better tomorrow.
Today, we will vote in a new government to finally implement policies to protect Singaporeans.